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Jew Am I?

Bryan Behar | Posted 09.23.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Bryan Behar

Despite my unpronounceable surname, formidable Dukakis-level brow line and decidedly Jewtastic seasonal allergies, I've always considered myself a reg...

In My Beginning

Kathy Perutz | Posted 09.16.2016 | Fifty
Kathy Perutz

They met at a masked ball in Prague. I never learned what their costumes were, but certainly her mane of auburn hair must have entranced him, and his tall dark handsomeness no doubt caught her eye.

His Brother's Keeper: Chinese 'Schindler' Defied His Government To Rescue More Than 3,000 Austrian Jews | Posted 09.13.2016 | Impact

EDITOR'S NOTE: At a time when Americans are being encouraged to shun those whose beliefs or backgrounds are different than our own, and a wave of rac...

Auschwitz Survivor Finds Trump 'Deportation Task Force' A Little Too Familiar

Sandi Bachom | Posted 09.07.2016 | Politics
Sandi Bachom

If Donald Trump's promise to deport millions of immigrants, 'day one', sounds familiar to Werner Reich, it's because, as a teenager, that's what Hitler did to him.

Stones Of Remembrance In Lithuania

Ellen Cassedy | Posted 09.12.2016 | World
Ellen Cassedy

There's no doubt that anti-Semitism is alive and well in Lithuania today. Yet an opposite tendency - a desire among Lithuanians to remember and honor the Jewish past - is also plain to see.

Rhodes: So Where's the Colossus?

Bob Schulman | Posted 08.17.2016 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Entrance to the harbor where the Colossus might have stood. Passengers joke about the one thing they know about Rhodes as they come ashore on tours o...

The Lesbian Chronicles 36: Feeling Grapeful

Katharine Angelina Love | Posted 08.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Katharine Angelina Love

I went into Harvest Wagon today to buy some pasta and other assorted goodies. I was in the lineup to pay when Frank, the manager of Harvest who happen...

To End Terrorism In Europe, Muslims And Jews Must Reach Out To Each Other

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 08.11.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Schneier

In the wake of a series of horrific terrorist killings in Europe over the past two weeks in France, Germany and elsewhere -- starting with the horrify...

Is Saudi Arabia Zion?

James Dorsey | Posted 08.07.2016 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Kamal Salibi, one of the Arab world's foremost contemporary historians, kicked up a storm when he concluded in a 1985 linguistic e...

Wanted: A UK Brexit For Widespread Anti-Jewish Bias

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 07.19.2016 | World
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

Eleven percent of UK Jews reported that they considered leaving their home country following the January 2015 Paris attacks. Statistics aside, without a Brexit of anti-Jewish attitudes in the UK, lovers of Zion are right to ask if there is any place for them in their native country's future.

Don't Call Me Jew

Ovadya Batat | Posted 07.18.2016 | Religion
Ovadya Batat

I was tagged as an unrecognized face as soon as I pulled into the parking lot. The guard was ready for me as I approached the courtyard, his dark sung...

Peace In Israel Can Be Found In Galilee

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 07.15.2016 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Having just returned from 10 days of visits to archaeological sites in Israel, Jordan and the West Bank, I'm convinced that the path to peace can be found closer to home: In the Galilee region of Northern Israel.

My First Klansman

Abigail Meisel | Posted 07.08.2016 | Religion
Abigail Meisel

I saw my first Klansman in person last fall. We were standing a stone's throw apart at a rally to take down the Stars and Bars-bedecked state flag on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford, a protest organized by the on-campus chapter of the NAACP.

How I Got Here: A Beginning Inquiry Into My Own Racism

Carol Smaldino | Posted 07.06.2016 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

I feel white people need, if they so are ready, a space to talk about the history of their racism and the way it still lives. As such we need help, but not the kind that engenders self-hate only. Because that will turn; it always does.

Still Honoring Muhammad Ali -- And Why That Matters

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 06.22.2016 | Sports
Rabbi Michael Lerner

Ali, I was told, had decided some seven years before that I would be the person he would want to represent the Jewish world and speak at his memorial. I felt honored and humbled by the invite.

Tunisia's Djerban Delusion

Lyn Julius | Posted 06.13.2016 | Impact
Lyn Julius

In May this year, 2,000 foreign tourists, accompanied by hundreds of journalists, converged on the Tunisian island of Djerba. The visitors had defied...

How This Ex-Hasidic Woman Lost And Found Her Judaism

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.09.2016 | Religion

Abby Stein was born into a family of rabbis in a Hasidic neighborhood in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She told The Huffington Post that growing up, her lif...

As Trump Uses Fascist Germany's Playbook, A Faithful Democracy Must Fight Back

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Faithful adherence to democratic values will be the key to defeating Donald Trump in November. Trump is a demagogue and such people feed on chaos.

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: 10 Days in Havana, Part Five

Perry Brass | Posted 06.02.2016 | Arts
Perry Brass

Inside the newly renovated Gran Teatro Alicia Alonzo. I spent ten days in Havana, Cuba, from February 9, 2016 to February 19, 2016--roughly a month...

By Making Us Relive 1968 Sanders Could Propel Trump into the Oval Office

Murray Forseter | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics
Murray Forseter

Let's be clear. I abhor actions that Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has taken. It is appropriate and acceptable to criticize Israeli policy. But it is neither appropriate nor acceptable to question Israel's response when its enemy is sworn to its destruction.

Sanders Is Israel's Best Friend in 2016 Election -- Precisely by Refusing to Bow to Its Current Reactionary Government

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 05.31.2016 | Media
Rabbi Michael Lerner

I wasn't surprised when the NY Times on May 26th made a front page story out of the alleged damage Senator Bernie Sanders was doing to the Democratic Party by placing among his 5 appointees on the Democratic Party's Platform Committee a few people who might support Sanders' view that the US needs to be "more even-handed" in the Israel/Palestine struggle.

The Transformation of the Virgin Mary: How a Jewish Girl From Nazareth Became a Christian Icon

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.24.2016 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Rest on the Flight into Egypt with Saint John the Baptist (c.1509) by Fra The four Gospels--Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John-...

Walls and Bosnia 24 Years After?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 05.22.2016 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

This is not just about Bosnia but rather the reactionary appeal of nationalism, populism and manifestations of walls, physical and psychological.

The Lesbian Chronicles 23: Some Bunny Loves You

Katharine Angelina Love | Posted 05.19.2016 | Queer Voices
Katharine Angelina Love

As I was driving home, I thought that I should have made more of an effort to connect for what if she was the Maureen? After much thought I decided I would drop off a card at her store, in it I would tell her about my reading with Sylvia and profess my undying love.

Vote-based Politics, Quandry for Minority Groups

Sabbir Khan | Posted 05.12.2016 | World
Sabbir Khan

Victimizing the minority communities in vote-based politics is not an uncommon phenomenon in national politics worldwide. In many countries of the world, the term "immigrant" and "minority" holds almost same meaning if not all the time.